Stickley Mission Finish Guide – PDF Document

Mission Finish Guide
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Spray Painting – PDF Document

Spraying Paint
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Cleaning Brushes

You can choose the best and most expensive brush for finishing, but unless you know how to care for it and clean it – it won’t last very long. With proper care a brush should last many years.


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Choosing A Finish

Undoubtedly, one of the continuing bugaboos for woodworkers is finishing. Though undaunted by complex joinery or intricate and precise machining, many woodworkers still cringe at the thought of applying a finish to their work. “What’s the best finish for my project” is one of the first hurdles to overcome.


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Rubbing Out Finishes

Finishes rarely look or “feel” right if left right off the brush or spray gun. Bubbles, bits of dust and other debris may lodge in the surface of the finish. You can feel these with your hand as you pass it over the surface. Brush marks and patterns from spray application will leave an irregular surface which is noticeable, particularly on gloss finishes. Rubbing out a finish is the last step in finishing and the object is to remove imperfections, even out and smooth the surface, and establish a consistent sheen to the finish.


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Cleaning & Waxing Old Furniture

Sooner or later, every woodworker is faced with the prospect of refinishing an old piece of furniture. Whether it’s a treasured “find” at a flea market or auction, or a favor for a relative or friend, etc., most people consider stripping off the old finish and refinishing the only option of successfully restoring the appearance of the piece.


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